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Confessions of a Book Lover
Pamela Beere Briggs

René Magritte in a Miniature Art Gallery

This past week, we saw a bicyclist come to a sudden stop when he noticed our miniature art gallery. He spent time looking at the art, the miniature people visiting the art gallery, and reading the description. A Fed Ex deliveryman did the same. A woman walking home with a bag of groceries stopped to

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Yummy Food & Recipes
Natalie McDonald

Homity Pie

The Homity Pie Story:  We discovered this most satisfying dish in the Treasurer’s House Café in York, England. We’ve recently learned that the recipe was the creation of English Girl Guides (the Girl Scouts of England) who came up with the recipe during World War II rationing. They might not have used butter in their pastry,

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Confessions of a Book Lover
Pamela Beere Briggs

Miniature Art Gallery

In our front garden, we have opened a miniature art gallery. The art on the wall rotates. The people inside the gallery change regularly. From our windows we can see pedestrians stop and spend time looking inside. One person left a dollar bill — I think to say it was worth an admission price The

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Confessions of a Book Lover
Pamela Beere Briggs

Journeys with Ursula K. Le Guin

It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end. On a cold and windy Sunday afternoon in 2015, Bill and I settled into our seats in UCLA’s Royce Hall to listen to Ursula K. Le Guin in conversation with Meryl Friedman from UCLA’s Center for

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Suzanne’s Studio
Suzanne DeCuir

Before and After

Here’s what I’m working on now. Sometimes you feel that a painting is just not exactly right but you don’t know how to fix it…so you just have to set it aside.  With the painting above, I had felt it was too stripped down and not that interesting, but wasn’t sure what to do.  I let

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Love, Judy
Judy Feuer Walden

Trust Your Instincts

Once we become parents we are constantly faced with watershed moments when we have to trust our instincts and make the best decision that we can for our child—even if it means deviating from the expected path. Most parents agree that when we are faced with these moments, the answers aren’t always crystal clear and,

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Yummy Food & Recipes
Natalie McDonald

Easy-Peasy Dutch Baby

From Pamela: Natalie came to the rescue of low spirits. For teatime, she baked a Dutch Baby Oven Pancake (plain and sliced apple is common, this one is with ricotta cheese). It helped our spirits. From Natalie: This is how to make a simple Dutch Baby Oven Pancake. Iron skillet works magnificently. I melted a

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